Prince Fernando of Schwarzberg
|Prince of Schwarznerg|
|11th Prime Minister of Ebenthal|
29 June 2020 – 8 March 2021
|Preceded by||The Duke of STernachten|
|Succeeded by||The Duchess of Frumar|
|Field Marshal of the Realm|
|Assumed office |
13 January 2019
|Preceded by||The Baron of Rist|
|Minister of War|
14 January 2019 – 8 March 2021
|Preceded by||The Count of Ivrea|
|Political party||Conservative Party|
|Branch/service||Royal Ebenthali Army|
|Years of service||2016–2021|
|Born||14 May 1995|
|House||Toledo dos Santos|
|Father||Fernando Toledo dos Santos|
|Mother||Princess Flávia of Ebenthal|
|Occupation||Student; Public worker|
Prince Fernando of Schwarzberg (born Fernando Toledo dos Santos Jr. in Itatiaia, Brazil, on 14 May 1995) is a Negromontine Prince within the Kingdom of Ebenthal, as older brother and apparent heir to Prince Hugo IV of Negromonte, and from his appointment by King Arthur II on 29 June 2020, he had being Ebenthal's 11th co-Head of Governmet, first as Premier, being the last holder of that title, and laters as the first Prime Minister of Ebenthal. Since 2016 Fernando has also been Field Marshal of the Royal Ebenthali Army and Head of the Armed Forces of Ebenthal.
Fernando's mother, Princess Flávia of Ebenthal, is a first cousin to King Arthur II, and so, in female line, he is not counted as a member of the House of Bruyn, and therefore is free to take political offices. He began in micronationalism at the Kingdom of Roschfallen with his cousin and eventually took the Ebenthali side at the Ebenthali Independence War. Joining the Ebenthali Army, in little time, following the first's resignation, he was made the country's second Field Marshal and head of the whole national military. Member of the Conservative Party, he served twice as Minister of War in conservative cabinets, being the first and so far only royal to take place in the country's politics. On 29 June 2020 he was appointed Prime Minister.
Fernando described his political views as a mix of classic liberalism and conservatism and spoke promplty against what he called neo-conservatism, or social conservatism, saying "[we shall] preserve what works and still move with the time, embrace both tradition and the future, stand for people's rights as got after decades of political struggle, conserve the right set of politics and laws".
Fernando was born in Itatiaia, a town in south of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, being the older of three sons and a daughter of Mr. Fernando Toledo dos Santos to Princess Flávia of Ebenthal, daughter of Princess Neide of Ebenthal, sister to King Arthur II's father, Armando, Baron of Roches. His father was born in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais but, once graduated in nuclear engeneering, he went to work at the Resende Nuclear Fuel Factory, living in the next municipality of Itatiaia where eventually he acquired a house.
Growing up Fernando was matriculated at the Adventist School in Rio de Janeiro, moving with his mother to complete his education at the city while his father worked away. He attended this school from kindergarten to high school (1998-2012). After graduation he spent two years studying for the National High School Exam aiming to enter the University of São Paulo to attend what is considered the better architecture course in Latin America, finally entering in 2015. He graduated as a bachelor in 2019. On that same year he started a course to do a public exam to become a public worker. Approved, he began his work in January 2020.
From a young age, Fernando has expressed his desire to be an architect. He started at his first job as an Starbucks attendant at the Barra Shopping in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 16, in 2011. He eventually was promoted to assistent manager in 2014. After move to São Paulo to attend the university, he started a job as an officeboy at the cabinet of the famous Brazilian politician Luiza Erundina. In 2017 he was made one of her accessors and stayed at this job until the completion of the university. Choosing to return to Rio, he left the job and, seeking stability, he attended public exam to work at the secretariat of transportation in Rio, to which he was approved in November 2019. He started his new job in January 2020 as a secretary to the secretariat's public sector. Nonetheless, he still calls himself an architect and hopes to work on the area.
Fernando's younger brother, Hugo de Toledo, has been active in micronationalism since 2014, serving as Prince of Schwarzberg under the name of Hugo IV since the beggining of 2019. In due time, is became impossible for Fernando to ignore his brother's activities and, as a fan of military rites, he joined the then Princely Army of Roschfallen. Following his brother's departure from Roschfallen to the breakaway Kingdom of Ebenthal, he joined the Royal Ebenthali Army as an officer helping the country on it's independence war. He was then recognized as a Prince of Negromonte as older brother to that federative unit's reigning Prince and his apparent heir. Politized, he joined the Conservative Party buy was never appointed for any legislative or executive role, nonetheless he spoke several times to the parliament members of his and the Army's opinions on several matters, raising a concern on King Arthur I of the army's role in the country's politics. In 2015, he was appointed Minister of War by the Premier Count of Aldamir, and then again by the Marquis of Savaßi in 2019 before the Mateusian Crisis. On his first miniterial term, Fernando supplied North Bakasaria with his military knowledge during the Bakasarian War, which left a stain on him, as for North Bakasaria was a fascist state of nazi inspiration. This stain was later strenghened by his soft political positioning against the Arabic Empire during the Ebenthali Civil War. Seen as a nazi sympathizer, his public image faded until the Mateusian Crisis, when he was among the first military to take action against the autocratic government of High King Mateus I, despite the then Minister of War Raphael Sousa, 1st Duke of Sternachten orders to remain on guard. Fernando voted for the execution of former Grand Vizier Count of Lahad and former King Mateus I, as well as for the banishment of the Duke of Guanabara and the Duke of Sion, arguing the latter's inaction facing a coup d'état was criminal and much responsible for the country's near-colapse. In early 2020 he was appointed the main commander of the Armed Forces as Field Marshal and in June that year with the conservative's rise to power, despite not being a politician, he was appointed Prime Minister. He was one of the main responsibles for the October Reform Act.
Titles, styles and honours
|Reference style||His Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Highness|
Titles and styles
- 14 May 1995 – 6 November 2014: Mr. Fernando Toledo dos Santos
- 6 November 2014 – present: His Highness Prince Fernando of Schwarzberg
- Ebenthal: Commander of the Order of the Swiss Prince
- Ebenthal: Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Black Needles (defunct)
- Ebenthal: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Arnald (defunct)
- Ebenthal: Knight of the Order of the Black Crown
- Ministry of Information. Moderate Government fell. Conservative government emerged. Published on 30 June 2020. Retrieved on 11 December 2020.